The first official US stamps were issued in 1847, depicting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (5 and 10 cents). These were followed by 50 years worth of highly collectible 19th Century US Stamps, including an imperforated series in the 1850s, special Civil War stamps, bank note stamps, the first pictorial issues in 1869 (featuring images other than US leaders), and the first US commemorative stamps, issued in conjunction with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

There was also a set of special re-printings in 1875, meant specifically for stamp collectors.


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1893 Us Columbian $3 Sc 243 Nh Cat $4750Nystamps Us Stamp # 12 Mint With Gum H $30000Nystamps Us Stamp # 241 Mint Og H $1100Us 1898 $1 Trans-mississippi H Sc 292 Cat $1400Nystamps Us Stamp # 98 Mint With Gum H $4250 Grill AppearsUs 1880's Mint Stock With 90c #111 & $2 Columbian #242 Cat $25,602Nystamps Us Stamp # 37 Mint Og H $1400Nystamps Us Stamp # 293 Mint Og H $1800U.s. #39 Rare Mint - 90c Blue ($3,000)Us 1857-61 90c Perf 15 H Sc 39 Cat $30001890-93 Us Small Banknote 30c Sc 228 Nh Cat $900Scott Us 244p4 Proof On Card, Perf'd, Gummed, $4 1893 Columbian, Vf-xfUs 1893 $1 Columbian Nh Sc 241 Cat $3750Nystamps Us Stamp # 278 Mint Og H $2000Us Mint Officials With Special Printings #o12 #o103 # O112 Cat $26,020Nystamps Us Stamp # 243 Mint Og H $16001875 Us Re-issue 1c Sc 102 H Cat $800Nystamps Us Stamp # 786 Mint With Gum H $2900Us 1893 50c Columbian Nh Sc 240 Cat $1450Us Pictorial 30c Sc 121a $11000 HNystamps Us Stamp # 95 Mint Og H $3500Us Stamps # 241 Xf Og Vlh Scott Value $1,100.001870-71 Us Banknote 15c Sc 152 Lh Cat $3500Nystamps Us Stamp # 98 Mint Og H $4250Nystamps Us Stamp # 9 Mint Og H $750Nystamps Us Stamp # 75 Mint Og H $5750Us Early Mint Issues With Pictorial 10c #116 & 24c #130 Certified Cat $24,790Us 1895 $2 Bureau, Watermarked Nh Sc 277a Cat $2900Buffalo Stamps, Scott #100, 1861 F-grill, Mint H / Part Og & F/vf, Cv = $10,500 Us 1881-82 6c Re-engraved Nh Sc 208 Cat $2350Scott #39 Scarce Unused 1860 90c. Blue George Washington U.s. #139 Rare Mint W/cert - 10c Brown W/ Grill ($7,000)1890-93 Us Small Banknote 90c Sc 229 Nh Cat $1450Nystamps Us Plate Block Stamp # 231 Mint Og Nh $878 P#10 ImptU.s. Stamp #870r90 12 Ct. Wash.black 3 Borders Wt. Left Side Thin Bright Color 1871 Us Banknote, I. Grill 7c Sc 138a H Cat $6500Us 1890-93 90c Small Banknote Nh Sc 229 Cat $1450Noblespirit No Reserve (us1) Brilliant Us 137 Lincoln Grill Mng Lh Vf = $1,750Us Columbian 50c Sc 240 $1450 NhUs 1898-1907 Nh Issues With $1 Perry #276a $2 Trans-miss #293 Cat $46,7601893 Us Columbian 3c Sc 232 Nh Cat $160Nystamps Us Stamp # 38 Mint Og H $2150Us 1893 30c Columbian Nh Sc 239 Cat $750Nystamps Us Stamp # 242 Mint Og H $1150U.s. #263 Scarce Unused - $5.00 Marshall, Unwmkd ($2,200)1902-03 Us Regular, Perf 12 $1 Sc 311 Nh Cat $1900Us Stamps # 260 Vf Og Nh Fresh & Scarce 1 Perf Tip Toning Scott Value $1,500.00U.s. #33 Scarce Unused - 10c Green, Type Iii ($2,150)#117 Us 12 Cent Green S.s. Adriatic-mint-n/g-fine-vfNystamps Us Stamp # 25 Mint Og H $2500U.s. #242 Unused - 1893 $2.00 Columbian ($550)Buffalo Stamps, Scott #68a Dark Green, Mint Nh/og & Fine, Cv = $2,800Us 1857-61 1c Type I H Sc 18 Cat $2100U.s. #36 Scarce Mint - 12c Black ($1,850)Us Sc#289 Mint 8c Violet Brown Trans Mississippi Expo 1898 Hr Og Vf CenteringNystamps Us Stamp # 69 Mint Og H $1800Nystamps Us Stamp # 188 Mint $2500Nystamps Us Stamp # 228 Mint Og H $350Us 1870-71 6c Banknote Hh Sc 148 Cat $10001873, Us Scott #153,unused